2020 Holiday Events in Los Angeles and nearby

Here is a list of 2020 Holiday Events in Los Angeles. It includes Drive-Thru Holiday Light Shows, Christmas Light Displays, and Nativity Scenes. We’ve included Ventura County Inland Empire, Riverside, and Orange County Holiday Events.

Holiday Events in Los Angeles 2020

WonderdLAnd – Woodland Hills

Date: November 30 – December 23, December 26 – December 30, 2020.
Hours: 5 PM – 11 PM
Location: 6100 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills, CA
Ticket: $70 per vehicle. Limited $60 pre-sale tickets are also available.

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Looking for a drive-thru holiday light show in Los Angeles? WonderLAnd in Woodland Hills is a drive-thru musical light show that will bring nearly a million lights with many themes, immersive vignettes, and installations including a “Holidays Around the Globe” display and a magical wintery forest surrounding WonderLAnd’s version of the massive Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. Vehicles will travel around North Pole mountains and through a 90-foot twinkling snowflake tunnel and a snow flurry vortex tunnel. Santa, Mrs. Claus, and the elves will be on hand with candy canes galore. This LA holiday event is from the same people behind this year’s popular Halloween drive-thru event – Hauntoween LA.

Dodgers Holiday Festival – Los Angeles, CA

Dates: November 27, 2020 – December 24, 2020
Location: Dodgers Stadium, Los Angeles, CA
Hours: 5 – 11 PM
Tickets: Admission starts at $55 per vehicle

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Another Christmas Light show in Los Angeles that you should visit is the Dodgers Holiday Festival. The 2020 World Champion Los Angeles Dodgers are hosting a drive-thru Holiday Festival, complete with a light show, LED video displays, fake snow and interactive displays honoring the Dodgers World Championship and celebrating the holidays!

Christmas Light in LA – Pico Rivera

Dates: November 27 – December 27, 2020
Hours: 5 – 10 PM
Location: 11003 Sports Arena Dr., Pico Rivera, CA 90601
Tickets: $60 per car (6 people maximum per car)

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Christmas Light in LA is a mile long experience with over a million lights, Christmas spirit, family fun and more that can be enjoyed all in the comfort and safety of your car. There will be professional entertainers, custom lighting, candy giveaways, sound effects, food and vendors, photo opportunities, and multiple themed areas.

GLOW at South Coast Botanic Garden – Palos Verdes Peninsula

Dates: November 21, 2020 – January 10, 2021
Location: South Coast Botanic Garden, Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA
Tickets: $34.95

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South Coast Botanic Garden brings GLOW – a walk through light exhibit. The rose garden, banyan grove, desert collection, and the living wall (vertical assembly of succulents and ferns) will be illuminated with thousands of twinkling lights and casts of color.

Six Flags Magic Mountain Holidays in the Park – Valencia

Date: Select night between November 20, 2020 – January 3, 2021
Hours: starts at 6 PM
Location: Magic Mountain Theme Park, 26101 Magic Mountain Pkwy, Valencia, CA
Tickets: $20/person. Children 2 and under FREE. Online reservations are required & tickets must be purchased in advance. Members and Season Pass Holders can use their valid pass for free admission, along with a required reservation made online in advance.

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Enjoy a Christmas Lights Drive-Thru experience inside a theme park by going to Holiday in the Park at Six Flags Magic Mountain. Holiday in the Park Drive-thru Experience will include eight distinctly different areas throughout the park with millions of twinkling lights choreographed to festive music, beloved holiday characters decked out for the holidays, iconic Holiday in the Park decorations, and a drive-by featuring Santa and his elves. New this year, go for a ride in The Underground featuring several of the famous West Coast Customs show cars on display. You can pre-purchase holiday sweets & treats and they will be delivered directly to your vehicle during the holiday drive-thru experience.

The Elf on the Shelf’s Magical Holiday Journey – Pomona

Date: Now – January 3, 2020 (closed on select Mondays)
Location: Fairplex, 1101 W. McKinlet Ave., Pomona, CA
Tickets: Starting at $24.95 per person, kids 2 and under free

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Another holiday drive-thru event in LA to check out is The Elf on the Shelf’s Magical Holiday Journey at Fairplex Pomona. Go on an immersive drive-thru quest to build more Christmas Spirit, as you and your elf-loving crew magically shrink down to elf size and embark on a fun expedition to help repair Santa’s sleigh. Enjoy a dazzling light spectacle with toy-repair workshops, gingerbread villages, and all the sights and sounds of the holidays. Along the way, kids can join in a scavenger hunt for hidden sleigh bells in their quest to find the Christmas spirit and save Christmas.

Nativity Lane – Los Angeles

Dates: December 12 – 13, 2020
Location: 16221 Mulholland Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90049
Tickets: FREE

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Nativity Lane is a FREE drive-thru experience for all ages retelling the Christmas Story, the birth of Jesus. From your vehicle, driving slowly up our lane, you will enjoy the sights and sounds of the season with multiple scenes enacted by families of Bel Air Church while you listen to a pre-recorded narration of the Christmas story. Real-time “I spy” games for kids, surprises, a drive-up photo booth and even hot cocoa and cookies (while supplies last) will make this a delightful time for you, your family, and your friends.

Reflections at Descanso – La Cañada Flintridge

Dates: November 14, 2020 – January 10, 2021
Hours: 9AM – 5 PM
Location: 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011
Tickets: Adults $15, Students & Seniors $11, Child $5, Child under 5 FREE

This holiday, visit Descanso Gardens to reflect and enjoy the beauty of nature. Enjoy art pieces in the garden, special seasonal plantings, self guided activities, and a Wishing Tree created by artist Kaz Yokou Kitajima.

Reflections at Descanso highlights include:

  • Wishing Tree: Make a wish for the season on Descanso’s Main Lawn with artist Kaz Yokou Kitajima’s Wishing Tree. The artist will reuse the wood from a downed oak in the garden to make this special piece. As part of the sculpture, visitors will be invited to make a wish for the new year.
  • Golden Grove: Gold-burnished logs and stones will appear from the base of the oaks creating a festive glow among the oaks. Look closer and you will find clues about things that live in this place. See how many questions you can answer.
  • Floral Arches: As you enter the garden, there will be multiple arches at Center Circle decorated by different floral artists and changing every 2-3 weeks. Materials will be natural but not necessarily living. These make for festive and eye-catching photo opportunities.
  • Mirror Tree: As you stroll through the Camellia Forest, take a moment to reflect and enjoy a walk. In the forest is a tree adorned with mirrors that reflect the light and beauty around it.
  • Winter Plantings: Descanso Gardens’ Promenade always features the beauty of the season and will be transformed with plantings that celebrate winter in the gardens.
  • Deer Sculptures: Artist David Lovejoy will create a family of deer out of natural and recycled materials to populate the pond area near the Promenade.

Santa’s Speedway Christmas Lights Spectacular – Irwindale

Dates: November 25, 2020 – January 10, 2021
Location: Irwindale Speedway & Events Center, 500 Speedway Dr., Irwindale, CA
Tickets: $75 per vehicle (maximim 8 people)

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Celebrate the holiday in the safety of your car with a drive-thru light spectacle at Santa’s Speedway in Irwindale. See a magical display of lights and attractions on a real NASCAR racetrack including a record-setting Christmas Tree of lights towering over 110 feet. Highlights of this holiday light show include Christmas Wonderland, Camping Christmas Land, Christmas Under the Sea, Giant Sized Holiday Treats, and Santa’s Village.

Christmas in Color – San Dimas

Dates: December 4, 2020 – January 2, 2021, closed on Christmas
Hours: 5:30 – 10 PM
Location: 11 Raging Waters Dr, San Dimas, CA 91773
Tickets: starts at $30

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Drive through millions of lights perfectly synchronized to holiday music you’ll hear right through your radio. Drive by giant candy canes, snowmen, arched pathways and more.

The North Pole Express Experience – Santa Paula

Dates: Select nights between November 28 – December 20, 2020
Location: Departs from Pancer’s Farm, 18540 E Telegraph Rd, Santa Paula, CA 93060

Tickets: starts at $24

Board the North Pole Express for a 1-hour magical train ride to the North Pole. See and wave at Santa and his elves. Enjoy some storytelling fun. You may wear pajamas and bring blankets. Free Tractor Sleigh Ride included with proof of train ride purchase at the farm.

Holiday Events in Riverside County

The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa Christmas Lights at the Inn – Riverside

Date: November 27, 2020 – January 6, 2021
Location: 3649 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside, CA

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The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa presents Christmas Lights at the Inn.  This year, the hotel will feature dazzling lights on the exterior of the hotel, interior lighting and holiday décor that captures the true essence and history of the award-winning Mission Inn Hotel & Spa to enhance our guest experience. Note that there will not be a switch-on ceremony this year. The public will not be permitted to walk down the main walkways this year to avoid crowds of any size.  As in years prior, only hotel guests and restaurant patrons will be allowed inside of the hotel

Living Desert Zoo Wildlights – Palm Desert, CA

Dates: Select nights between November 24, 2020 – December 27, 2020
Location: Living Desert Zoo, 47900 Portola Ave, Palm Desert, CA 92260
Tickets: $10 – $14 per person

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For those headed to the greater Palm Springs area or Coachella Valley for the holiday, you can visit Wildlights to see Christmas lights. WildLights is celebrating 28 years dazzling guests by transforming the Zoo into a sparkling winter wonderland. Come to this festive, annual tradition and marvel at more than a million colorful, sparkling holiday lights.WildLights guests will encounter a herd of life-size, luminescent animal lanterns, explore newly added pathways and stroll through the popular tunnel of lights flashing to holiday music. In true WildLights tradition, the festive G-scale model trains with more than 3,300 feet of track will be decked out for the holidays. Delicious food and beverages will also be available for purchase.

Holiday Events in Ventura County 2020

Holidays in Your Car – Ventura

Dates: November 22, 2020 – January 2, 2021
Location: Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura, CA
Tickets: $49 – $64 per vehicle

Purchase $29 – $34 Holidays in your Car Discount Tickets

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Discover a symphony of sight and sound at one of Southern California’s Drive-Thru Holiday Light Spectaculars! Experience Holidays in Your Car at the Ventura County Fairgrounds featuring more than ONE MILLION LED lights, Holograms, Projection Mapping, and lasers animated to the tunes of Holiday Classics. Some displays standing at over 40 feet in height, Holidays in Your Car also includes spectacular installations of projection mapping, a technique that involves high-end projectors casting computer-generated images onto sets, arches, and surfaces to create memories that will last a lifetime.

Holiday Events in Orange County 2020

Christmas Boat Parade – Newport Beach

Dates: December 16, 2020 – December 20, 2020
Location: Newport Beach, CA

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Enjoy the annual holiday event in Orange County with Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade and Ring of Lights. Watch beautifully decorated yachts, boats, kayaks and canoes sail along the harbor in the 112th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade. For the first time in its 112-year history, the parade will also be streamed to viewers, giving the world a front-row seat to the annual Southern California spectacular. The virtual viewing experience will take place on multiple platforms including web, social media and the city’s local broadcast channel NBTV and will run all five nights of the parade. The show will include the parade’s entirety, the Ring of Lights home competition, entertaining interviews with participants and spotlights on the Grand Marshal frontline heroes and local charities.

Night of Lights OC – Costa Mesa

Dates: December 3rd and will run every night through January 3rd (excluding Christmas Eve)
Location: OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa
Tickets: Early Bird general admission tickets are available now starting at $49.99 per vehicle (up to five people) on select nights. Larger vehicle tickets (six to nine people) start at $69.99 on select nights.

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Winter Fest OC is proud to present Night of Lights OC, a magical and immersive holiday lights and winter wonderland drive-thru experience. Guests will be guided through a clearly defined mile-long course featuring over one million lights, themed holiday scenery and characters including Santa (through Dec. 23rd), animated light shows and tunnels synchronized to music through a car radio or smartphone, special effects, a Christmas tree lighting spectacular, and more. Holiday favorite treats such as hot cocoa, cinnamon sugar donuts, and Mom’s Bake Shoppe cookie buckets and brownies will be available before entering the Night of Lights OC experience through a pre-order with online ticket purchase.

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